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Highlights Old and New Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Red Fort, lost city of Fatehpur Sikri, Shekhawati Havellis, Pink city of Jaipur
Indian Express small group tour
Indian Express
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This relaxing 9-day trip is the perfect introduction to India. It is made up of a golden triangle tour as well as an unforgettable visit to an incredible national park. The tour starts with a full day tour of Old and New Delhi before we head to Agra where we spend the afternoon visiting the Taj Mahal. The tour then takes in the pink city of Jaipur, we see the city from a unique angle as we ride in on the back of a majestic elephant, we then tour the sights of the pink city before continuing on to visit the colourful outdoor frescoes at Shekhawati. We finally return to Delhi where you have free time to shop, eat and explore before a final night in this buzzing city.

Private tour option

If our scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer not to travel with a group, then we can also run this tour privately for you. Please contact us for more information and prices.
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Day 1 Arrive in Delhi
Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Delhi for the start of your trip. After check-in our local reps will then go through the itinerary with you and introduce you to the local area.
OvernightDelhi - Sarovar Portico hotel or similarExtrasSingle Room Supplement
Day 2 Sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi
A full day to explore the sights of India’s capital. Enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride through the intricate and chaotic streets around Old Delhi and visit the Jama Masjid mosque before moving on to the Lutyens inspired wide avenues of New Delhi. After a visit to Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation ground at Rajghat take time to stroll around the Indian parliament buildings as well as India Gate and Humayun’s Tomb. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
OvernightDelhi - Sarovar Portico hotel or similarMealsBreakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Delhi to Agra. Visit to Taj Mahal
This morning we depart Delhi for the drive to Agra, visiting Akbar’s Tomb at Sikandra en-route. Upon arrival we visit the UNESCO world heritage site at Agra Fort. Later in the afternoon we enjoy a full sightseeing tour of the beautiful Taj Mahal at sunset. Truly one of the wonders of the world this elaborate monument to love was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and took over twenty two years to complete. We also enjoy an evening Tonga (horse chariot) ride.
OvernightAgra - The Retreat HotelMealsBreakfast
Day 4 Agra to Jaipur. Fatehpur Sikri visit
We break today’s drive to Jaipur to visit the strange and well preserved abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri. The mystical abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, constructed by Emperor Akbar, served as the Mughal Empire's capital from 1571 until 1585. We also stop at Keoladeo National Park where we take a cycle rickshaw ride through the park to see the resident and migrant wildlife. After lunch we continue driving through rural India, arriving into Jaipur late in the afternoon. This evening you have the option of an exciting evening at Dera Amer for an elephant ride and delicious dinner.
OvernightJaipur - Shahpura House Heritage HotelMealsBreakfast
Day 5 Amber Palace & Elephant ride
This morning we visit the nearby Amber Palace and take an elephant ride up to the ramparts before being guided through the site. The afternoon is free with optional tours including kite flying, craft markets and food shopping and tasting. You could also take in a fun Bollywood movie.
OvernightJaipur - Shahpura House Heritage HotelMealsBreakfast
Day 6 Jaipur. City tour & free time
This morning we take a guided tour of Jaipur, taking in the Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), Jantar Mantar (Observatory), City Palace and some local temples and street life. You then have some more free time and tour options including a chance to visit the Chowki Dhani village in the evening to learn more about traditional Rajasthani culture and crafts, and taste some delicious regional cuisine.
OvernightJaipur - Shahpura House Heritage HotelMealsBreakfast
Day 7 Shekhawati region
This morning we head into the rural semi-desert Shekhawati region whose colourfully painted Havellis with frescoes showing animals and mythology, together with more modern interpretations, led to its reputation as the ‘open art gallery of Rajasthan’. We spend the night in another heritage hotel, full of character, faded grandeur and history. These hotels are a real highlight of this tour and travelling through Rajasthan.
OvernightShekhawati - Suraj Garh Fort or Indra Vilas Alsisar Heritage HotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
Day 8 Shekhawati. Drive to Delhi
Today we drive from Shekhawati back to Delhi and check in to your hotel. The rest of the evening is free for you to explore Delhi and do some final sightseeing and souvenir shopping.
OvernightDelhi - Sarovar Portico hotel or similarMealsBreakfast
Day 9 Delhi. Departure transfer to airport
Free day. Our local staff will be on hand to advise you on travel arrangements before transferring you to the airport to catch your flight home.
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  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour leader throughout
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for driver and/or tour guide
  • Entrance fees (allow approx. US$58)
  • Any other items not mentioned above